The first Christmas that we were married, I started collecting those little lighted Christmas houses by Department56, and over the years my collection has grown exponentially. I have collections from both the Snow Village and Christmas in the City.
Last year we were too overwhelmed with a new house and a new baby to be bothered with my villages, so I was looking forward to getting them out again this year and deciding which pieces to display.
I usually like to make several displays in different rooms in the house, but many of those surfaces are within reach of curious little fingers. So this year we (meaning Hubby) just made one big display of the Christmas in the City collection on top of my entertainment center, which is high enough to prevent a certain one-year-old from getting into mischief.
With the Christmas tree relegated to the living room this year (another concession we have made this year with a toddler in the house), the village is our focal point of Christmas decorations in the family room, and I find I am enjoying it all the more without anything else to compete.
I love to sit on the couch in the evening with the lights in the room turned off, all except the village. It’s such a peaceful winter scene, reminiscent of Christmases past.
I’ll have pictures to post in the Christmas Tour of Homes!